My research interests are influenced by two major themes. My main scientific goal is to understand the processes that enable individuals to think and act "wisely," for instance by using cognitive strategies that facilitate the resolution of social conflicts or by adaptively regulating emotions that undermine their goals and compromise their health. My second goal is to understand how culture shapes emotion and cognition, given the mutual constitution of culture and the mind. In order to approach both of these issues, my work targets meaningful real world situations at the intersection of affect and cognition, ranging from daily hassles, to career choices, to romantic and societal conflicts. So far, I have applied these themes to the topics of aging, advice-giving, emotion regulation, psychological distance, and social class.